Mags the Magpie - 20th October 2012
Age: Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 250g
Found: With ticks on its head while feeding a family of baby magpies at a suburban home in Kurwongbah.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by the concerned resident.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber found Mags was weak, dehydrated and unable to stand or fly. Five paralysis ticks were discovered on Mags' head, as well as some feather loss which may have been caused by trauma prior to the ticks latching on.
Treatment: The ticks were removed and Mags was given antiserum to treat tick paralysis, and administered fluids.
Outcome: Mags spent a few days in Birds ICU, and was released back into the wild to rejoin the chicks and other parent.
AZWH Fact: Magpies are ground feeders, so it's very normal to see young magpies on the ground alone and not flying! Usually they are not abandoned or injured; their parents are simply out hunting for food and have left the young birds to fend for themselves.
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